Ousmane Dembele ‘evaluating new five-year offer’ at Barcelona but deal is in jeopardy due to ‘financial and sporting differences’ yet to be ironed out
- Ousmane Dembele finally showed how much he can offer Barcelona last season
- The Frenchman’s current contract runs until 2022 and the club wants to extend for five years
- He is considered an important player whether Ronald Koeman is in charge or not
Barcelona are negotiating a new deal for Ousmane Dembele, his current contract expiring next summer.
The Frenchman proved his worth last season having previously struggled with injuries and complaints over his professionalism after coming over from Borussia Dortmund for £96million in 2017.
And Mundo Deportivo now reports that the 24-year-old and his representatives are “assessing” a proposed five-year extension offer by the club.
Ousmane Dembele is seen as essential at Barcelona and the club is offering a new contract
They claim there are still “sporting project and financial differences” to overcome before a deal can be closed.
Last October, Barcelona presented their first proposal to Dembele, but little progress was made.
But new president Joan Laporta has made it clear that the winger is a key part of the club’s plans as to whether Ronald Koeman will still be in the dugout next season after finishing the campaign with only the Copa del Rey in the prize cabinet.
Dembele seems happy at the club and recently said: “I’m happy and I feel good.
The Frenchman is currently training with his national team for Euro 2020
Joan Laporta assured Dembele that he is important whether or not Ronald Koeman is in charge
“The new president who has arrived, I don’t know him very well, but he is very close. We’ll see how it goes.’
Dembele scored six times last season and provided three assists and is expected to improve those numbers significantly next season with an injury-free point on the side.
While Barcelona is reported to have over £1bn in debt, Dembélé is still considered essential, despite the club could be tempted to raise money.
The worst scenario would be to lose him for nothing in the summer of 2022, so they will be desperate to get an extension sooner rather than later.
Dembélé is in France’s roster for Euro 2020 and could further strengthen his negotiating position with a strong tournament.
Koeman is waiting to see if he will stay on as manager next season